Why long acting injectables?

In this video, Bethany and Dr. Louis Cady (CURESZ Board Member) discuss long acting injectable antipsychotics. Injectable medications are generally more tolerable, and may be more convenient than remembering to take the pills.

Abbey Mikha from Windsor, Canada describes her personal experience on injectables.

Portrait of Abbey“In the summer of 2005, I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. I suffered from delusions, thinking my family was planning to harm me. Afraid for my life, I believed people in the community were intent on hurting me.

I thought I was a reincarnated ancient religious figure. In my illness, I had delusions of grandeur, and I dreamed of helping people on a broad scale to change the world.

Sometimes, it seemed that God was talking to me through pictures or stories in magazines. When I watched the television show “Wheel of Fortune,” I considered every one of the riddles to be a direct message to me from God.

After I was prescribed medication for the first time, I stopped taking it, believing there was nothing wrong with me.

Finally, my psychiatrist prescribed an injectable medication called Risperidal Consta. Thanks to the injection, I did not have to remember to take the pills every day.

In 2013, my psychiatrist recommended that I begin a newer injectable medication called Invega Sustenna.

Throughout most of my university career, a combination of injectable Sustenna and oral lithium enabled me to concentrate, study, and succeed in my classes. In 2015, I graduated with a four-year degree in psychology and a minor in history from the University of Windsor, Canada. My psychiatrist was amazed that I had graduated, thinking it would never be possible.

Today, on Sustenna injections, I am glad I do not have to worry about taking my oral medication, as I did in the beginning of my mental health journey. Taking the pills reminded of my diagnosis. The injection helped me regain my life and my confidence.

Invega Sustenna has had various side effects including weight gain and sedation, but on this medication, I am happy.

I discuss my story, my medication and its side effects in my upcoming book, “Spiritual Message of Hope.”

Today, I live with my father in an apartment building by the river in Winsor, Canada. I am fortunate to have supportive parents. I enjoy writing and speaking about schizophrenia in an effort to fight the stereotypes and reduce the stigma.

My injectable medication is a blessing. I hope that more individuals who suffer from a mental health conditions like schizophrenia will be encouraged to access these life changing injections. I am thankful every day to be living my life to the fullest.”